Reading List – May 2020

Classics seem to have passed me by. For a long time after high school, I refused to read classics, probably because being required to read some of the more terrible books was so distasteful. At the same time, now that the internet makes things so easy to get, these books long out of copyright protection are freely available. In my individual reviews, I’ll link the free Project Gutenberg files.

Now, though, I don’t have to forge through crappiness if I don’t want to. Here’s a few classics, thus, that I think have some elements that make them appealing to pick up.

The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas

800px-louis_franc3a7ais-dantc3a8s_sur_son_rocherThis is supposed to be a definitively top-notch classic. Originally written in French, this novel has seemed daunting to me in the past due to its sheer mass, but I think I can handle it for now.  I’m usually a fan of adventure, and thrillers can be great. From what I can tell, as well, this book looks very complex and filled with enormous plans.

Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

alice_in_wonderland2c_cover_1865Like almost any good American, I’ve seen the Disney version of this story many times. At the same time, I’ve never read the book that inspired the cartoon phenomenon, and that’s kind of a shame. It’s also astonishingly short, which is something I think I’ll require given the other two monsters I’m reading this month…

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

prideprejudice423x630My partner read this book in high school. My high school didn’t read the usual books, and this one was left out of our reading list. I was going over books I could read, and my spouse said, “Pride and Prejudice? That’s a good book.”

“But it’s romance,” I complained.

“Read it.”

And so I put it on the list.

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19 thoughts on “Reading List – May 2020

  1. joanne the geek says:

    Alice in Wonderland is quite fun to read. I have an edition which also has Through the Looking Glass. As they’re both quite short it wouldn’t be a bad idea to read them both.

  2. Almost Iowa says:

    May I suggest a few more modern classics?

    For Whom the Bell Tolls – Ernest Hemingway
    A Light in August – William Faulkner
    Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
    Cannery Row – John Steinbeck
    The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter – Carson McCullers

    Anything and everything written by Flannery O’Connor

    • robertawrites235681907 says:

      Alice is wonderful. I have about 10 different copies of it. Jane Austen – Yucky! Her female characters are so needy and silly. You should try C.S. Lewis’ books for adults, they are very entertaining and interesting.

      • H.R.R. Gorman says:

        I’ll not spoil what I thought of Pride and Prejudice, haha!

        I’m so-so with C.S. Lewis’s adult books. Some – like Screwtape Letters – are pretty great, but then there’s Perelandra and That Hideous Strength, and I will never get that time back.

    • H.R.R. Gorman says:

      I usually like to have my books finished at least a month ahead of the promised time (more for indie books because the friendship cost of that failure is higher). So I’ve read Monte Cristo, and I’d say it isn’t as slow as a lot of books its’ size. I think an audio book would do well – one of the things I had a very hard time with was the French names, and I bet listening to that would make it a little easier to hold together.

  3. in says:

    I got me the Monte Cristo book a few months ago
    Am holding on to it
    For when I’m on a LONG flight to wherever

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